November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Inga combines genre, film theory and the philosophy of perception in a unique approach to Italian neorealism. In contrast to other studies on the topic, she explores a variety of influences on the margins of Italian cinema – 19th century literary naturalism, French poetic realism and American noir culture. She is especially interested in the relationship between the legacy of tragedy and a ‘crisis of modernity’ in postwar Europe. In her next project, she plans to bring this discussion to bear on Fellini, Antonioni and the French New Wave. Her work shows that tragedy is important in two successive phases of ‘cultural reconstruction’.  In the forties, it fills the linguistic, political and social void precipitated by the war.  Later, throughout the 1950s and 60s, it reconciles modernism with a sense of loss, which the avant-garde had previously avoided or excluded.

Dr. Pierson received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from New York University in 2009. She is currently Post-doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford University where her teaching responsibilities cover interdisciplinary introductory seminars such as “Humans and Machines” and “Epic Journeys, Modern Quests”. Previously she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Colgate University in Romance Languages and Film and Media Studies.  She has taught courses in Italian literature, language and culture as well as film history and media theory.  Together with her students, she curates a website on film form – Her current book project is entitled Towards a Poetics of Neorealism: Tragedy and Modernism in the Italian Cinema from the Late Fascist-era through the 1950s.


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